Going Galoot

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Blog series by JayT updated 02-09-2015 09:47 PM 7 parts 22119 reads 54 comments total

Part 1: First machinery-free shop day

01-12-2014 02:40 AM by JayT | 11 comments »

Shop’s Log: January 11, 2014 Today was a good day in the shop. Spent most of the day on two projects and didn’t turn on one piece of machinery. The only things that plug into the wall that were switched on were the lights, heater and radio. Time for a new project. Wife would like a place to hang coats inside the back door of the house, and I made a decision to attempt to do this with all hand tools. Chose a piece of barnwood, broke it down into rough lengths and started...

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Part 2: One finished, next project up

01-17-2014 02:38 AM by JayT | 1 comment »

Shop’s Log: January 16, 2014 Back in the shop this evening to finish my first all hand tool project. Need to drill some holes to mount the hangers. A few weeks ago, I would have pulled out the 12 volt Milwaukee cordless drill; tonight we went a different cordless route. Yep, it is an inexpensive hand drill. Nothing fancy, collectible or high quality, but . . . . . . it was my grandfather’s—he was a woodworker, too. When he died, I inherited a few of his too...

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Part 3: Voices in your head . . . . they're not always evil

01-19-2014 02:31 AM by JayT | 10 comments »

Shop’s log: January 18, 2014 There are days and then there are days . . . . . and sometimes you need to listen to the voices in your head. Back to work on the plane till. Cut, flattened and smoothed a couple of panels, used the #45 to do a couple grooves and then needed to cut two dadoes. As I was loosening the screw for one of the nickers, a small voice in my head started to say “You might want to think about how you are doing this” when the screw fell, bounced off...

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Part 4: In search of the perfect dovetail

02-17-2014 12:28 AM by JayT | 5 comments »

Shop’s log: February 16, 2014 Part of wanting to work with hand tools is learning to cut dovetails. Sure, there are other joint techniques that are strong once glued, but the hand cut dovetail is both a classic tradition and a mechanically strong, beautiful joint that doesn’t rely on glue. I had started practicing with marking and cutting freehand but was frustrated with the lack of accuracy—mainly due to my poor sawing technique. I finally broke down and bought a m...

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Part 5: I came, I saw . . . . . .

03-28-2014 02:14 AM by JayT | 16 comments »

Shop’s Log: March 27, 2014 Part of going galoot involves finding quality hand tools. While there are now some manufacturers making high quality hand tools (Lie-Nielsen or Lee Valley/Veritas, for instance) there are also a tremendous amount of vintage tools that make great users if you are willing to put in a little work. I have refurbished squares, adjustable bevels and a ton of hand planes, but was now ready to move on to another vital tool for the galoot ….... hand saws. ...

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Part 6: Time to step up to the re-plate.

05-05-2014 05:33 PM by JayT | 8 comments »

Shop’s Log: May 5 2014 Having been working on some saw cleanups, modifcations, restorations and refurbs, I was finally ready to tackle a project that has been sitting in the saw till for over a year. Last March, I picked up an 8 inch Disston at an antique shop for a very reasonable amount. I thought at the time all it was going to need was cleaned up and sharpened, but alas, it was not to be. When cleaning up the plate, I found a 1/2in long crack at the toothline. I ha...

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Part 7: Unexpected Essentials

02-09-2015 09:47 PM by JayT | 3 comments »

“You are not in this world alone”. How many times did I hear that phrase from my high school band teacher? It was one of her two go to sayings for almost any situation. ( “Don’t make this hard” was the other) Years later, more than I care to think about, it was strange to look down at my bench and hear her gravelly voice as I was working on dovetails. Pondering what all lay there: Dovetail saw came from Wally331 during last year’s saw swap...

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